Support for you and your group

An overview of the training and support available to local action groups and activists in our network.

24 Mar 2023

We know that as local action groups you have lots of skills, energy and enthusiasm for campaigning. However, sometimes you might all appreciate a little bit of training and support.  

We have an incredible range of training available for our local action group network, with topics ranging from campaign strategy and power mapping, through to in-depth policy analysis and how to keep your group healthy and effective. You can sign up to these trainings as individuals or get your whole group to go along together.

We encourage groups to come along together to learn collaboratively. 

Alongside the main training programme, we have a range of options which work just with your group or with individuals - have a read through the options and let us know which one would be the right choice for you.  
If you want to ask about any of this or have other questions which you would like to run through with someone, get in touch with your regional or national staff member. If you’re not sure who this is contact [email protected] with your postcode and group. 

Online trainings

We hold regular online workshops, also called webinars, so you can gain the skills and knowledge you need to take action.

Event promotion support

If you're organising an event or a campaign action and need help promoting it, we can help by getting the word out to Friends of the Earth supporters near you. Ask your main staff contact for more information about this. 

Local news and updates

Your local staff contact, responsible for supporting groups in your nation or region sends out regular emails to groups they look after. These include reminders about organisational updates, campaign news, key dates for your calendars and information from other groups in your area. It’s essential reading for groups to stay in touch with what’s happening across the network.  

Welcome webinars

We run regular online welcome webinars for new groups and activists. These are open to members of the community who want to learn more about Friends of the Earth and our local action group network, new activists and new groups who just registered. Of course, everyone is welcome to join, whether you’re a seasoned Friends of the Earth coordinator or someone who has just started finding their feet in our movement. If you’re the coordinator or a member of one of our Local Action groups, you’re very welcome to promote these webinars to recruit new members.

Training for activists in Wales and Northern Ireland

If you're in Wales or Northern Ireland and would like to discuss your group's training needs, please get in touch so we can suggest the best option for you.

  • Ask about training for activists in Wales
  • Ask about training for activists in Northern Ireland

Email us at [email protected] to get in touch.

Training for activists in England

Regional online meet-ups

Most regions host regular online spaces designed to connect groups with each other, share learnings, work together on campaigns and get updates from Friends of the Earth.  You’ll hear about these in your regional emails.

Coordinator Induction

If you're new in the role of coordinator we can work with you get a good grounding in the role, ensuring you start with confidence, and establish good practice around communication and distributing work around the group.


We’d like all new coordinators to go through an induction but can offer this to longer standing coordinators too. If you think you would benefit get in touch.

Coaching for organisers

We work with anyone taking on a leadership role within a local action group to work towards a goal.

If you choose coaching, you will identify a goal for yourself or your group and together we will towards achieving that goal over one-to-one phone calls.

We follow the GROW method setting a Goal, assessing the current Reality, considering Options and finding a Way forward.

If you would like to request coaching email us at [email protected] with the subject “coaching request” and we can arrange a time to speak.